Robert Fairchild ends ballet career with confetti, flowers

Robert Fairchild This Oct. 15, 2017 photo released by the New York City Ballet shows dancer Robert Fairchild taking a bow during his final performance with the ballet on Sunday in New York. Fairchild, a dancer and a Tony-nominated actor, is leaving ... more > Print By Monday, October 16, 2017

NEW YORK (AP) - Silvery confetti has rained down on the stage at New York City Ballet for dancer Robert Fairchild , who ended his ballet career by handing out roses to each of his fellow dancers.

The Tony nominee for “An American in Paris” will now focus full-time on theater and film.

For his final ballet Sunday evening, 30-year-old Fairchild performed George Balanchine’s “Duo Concertant” with a longtime partner, ballerina Sterling Hyltin. After curtain calls, in grand ballet tradition, a succession of dancers came out to congratulate him. Usually the dancers bring bouquets; Fairchild tweaked the tradition a bit by handing out roses himself.

Fairchild ’s next projects include acting and dancing in a production of “Brigadoon,” and choreographing and starring in a production of “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.” LOAD COMMENTS ()